Dynamite Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Dynamite Super Premium Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Dynamite Super Premium product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.

Dynamite Super Premium Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, pearled barley, oatmeal, brown rice, turkey liver, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried whole egg, menhaden fish meal, turkey, dried tomato pomace, lamb, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, brewers dried yeast, carrots, lettuce, celery, chicken cartilage, monocalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, dl-methionine, l-tryptophan, taurine, chicory root extract, calcium sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin), minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous sulfate, magnesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, sorbic acid [preservative], iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, cobalt proteinate), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%18%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%37%41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fifth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The seventh ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The ninth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

The tenth ingredient is turkey, another quality raw item.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With six notable exceptions

First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

Next, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

We also note that this recipe contains chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Dynamite Super Premium Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dynamite looks like an above average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Dynamite Super Premium Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken and chicken meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

02/18/2012 Original review
08/30/2013 Review updated
08/30/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • valerie maresca

    Where do you buy Dynamite dog food and what is their web page?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Likely your dog is intolerant to some ingredient in the food. Take the ingredient list with you and try to find a food that does not have the same major ingredients. NutriSource is a good food that dogs usually transition to well, but it won’t cure the problem if you use a formula that has the same stuff in it.

  • Bransmom

    Dang, I just typed a long message and lost it when I created my account…..
    The gist of it was, I’ve been feeding Dynamite to my 10 month old german shepherd puppy his whole life. He has raging diarrhea about 3 weeks out of 4. My vet thinks it is food allergies. Do you think that Dynamite has enough probiotics to help a delicate stomach or should I switch to a different product? Am checking out Nutra-Source next. My friend Pat’s older dog is doing well on it and the diarrhea is gone.

  • Pattyvaughn

    LOL!! Sometimes I have to agree with you there!! But then I might have to behave better. I do tend to let my twisted sense of humor get the better of me now and again, sorry.

  • Bruce Wesley Chenoweth

    Score two points for moderating all comments.
    … No, make that three points …

  • Cyndi

    Lol! You make me laugh Patty! ;)

  • Pattyvaughn

    Because like your reply, no one told her she couldn’t.

  • Bruce Wesley Chenoweth

    Why is this comment posted here? It has NOTHING TO DO WITH AN ARTICLE ABOUT DOG FOOD DISTRIBUTED BY DYNAMITE SPECIALTY PRODUCTS of Meridian, Idaho.

  • Elle

    Dynamite is different from DynoVite and Dynamic. http://www.dynamitespecialty.com

  • Opine

    I don’t know the Dynamic company to which you refer, but I can assure you that it isn’t the same company as Dynamite, which is being reviewed here.

    Dynamite has been around for many years, beginning with the Zamzow Feed Stores in the 1930′s in Idaho, expanded into a much larger product range by the Zamzow’s grandson, Jim Zamzow, with the formation of Dynamite Marketing. I’ve heard Jim Zamzow referred to by a nationally known holistic vet as “the Best feed and supplement formulator in the business.” (An opinion born out by my own experience in over a decade of supplementing myself, my dogs, horses and land with Dynamite products, all with excellent results.)

    Dynamite’s commitment is to the best possible product that they can produce, and I can’t imagine them using lower quality products. Therefore, I fear that this reviewer has sold them short in assuming that they might have taken the cheap road. I do hope that they will check with Dynamite and update their review.

  • wt4life

    I have been using Dynamite on our 20 + dogs for quite a while and am quite pleased with the results. Also, the people there have made assurances this product does NOT contain Ethoxyquin. You might want to actually talk with them about that.

  • Pattyvaughn

    That’s pretty common here. People post something without reading to find out where they really are. Often they think this site is a dog food company. Crazy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.stikes.1 John Stikes

    I think you are on the wrong product page for your comment. This is “Dynamite” and your product is “Dyamic”.

  • Amy Miller

    My st. bernard had skin problems…tried all the food you could think of….put him on dynamite food and within 1-2 weeks his coat was all cleared up and he is putting on weight again..Also my Bernese Mt. Dog is older and this is given him lots of energy and strength!! Love this food.

  • barara

    DEAR PET OWNERS,

    PLEASE DO NOT BUY THE HICKORY SMOKED REAL HAM BONE FROM DYNAMIC PET PRODUCT LOCATED IN WASHINGTON D.C  THE BONE HAS PRODUCTS THAT NOT DIGESTABLE. I HAD TO RUSH MY DOG TO THE EMERGENCY PET HOSPITAL BECAUSE THE BONE INGREDIENTS CANNOT BREAKDOWN IN THE DOGS COLON.  BEWARE OF THIS BONE.  SAVE YOUR DOGS LIFE.

  • Wt4life

    This company DOES state their food is Ethoxyquin free. I too, have been very happy with my dog’s health on this food.

  • Dale R.

    I have fed Dynamite Dog Food many years.  I can tell you my animals have thrived on it!

  • Carol Smith

    I have been feeding my dogs dogswell Vitality for about 11/2 years now. they love it. I have VERY picking dogs. I,m so glad I found it. I’ve tried a few, this was the best. thanks for making a Great Dog Food!!!!! Carol of Madera Ranchero’s Ca.